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V O L U M E 5 | I S S U E 2
18 EDITORS NOTE
20 Letters to Editor
25 ON SPOT
Proﬁle: Raquel Dadlani
26 Beauty Page: That’s Why they call it the Blues
28 Fashion Stop: Catching Up with Anna Henriques
31 Ocean Style Online
33 My Beauty Secrets: Soraya Ho-Sing-Loy
34 BLOODY GOOD STUFF
My Money: To-Dos to get your life together!
39 ON SPOT
Maldives. Travel Editor Brenda Fine is on a global quest to identify
perfect sand and perfect beaches. She takes Ocean Style along for
Play therapy. Karen Holly Berliner shows why ‘work hard’
should be matched with play (or relax) hard.
48 BLOODY GOOD STUFF
Bloody Good Stuff! [gadgets+tech] Vivienne Tam for HP
Regatta Fever: A delightful union of world-class event and
destination. Welcoming competitors from across the globe, the
annual races are now approaching their 40th year.
56 Caneel Bay. Nature’s Essence. At Caneel Bay in St. John the
pristine meets the elegant. But leave your blackberry at home
(if you don’t want it taken away). The purity of nature co-exists
with the enjoyment of understated luxury in this resort.
C O N T E N T S
58 BODY & SOUL - HEALTH
House Call – Health Answers from Dr. Lofters.
62 WINE & DINE
Drinks. Try this Pomegranate Martini on for size.
63 ON SPOT
Fashion Showcase & OCEAN STYLE/ESPN Golf Invi-
70 COVER STORY:
The Invincible Michael Jackson. In death, as in life,
his musical genius outshines his inspiring humanity. In his
passing the world rekindled their love affair with the true
essence of MJ – his sheer musical genius.
76 BODY & SOUL
Fitness Expert Mark Jenkins Reveals the Secrets to
Beyonce's Incredible Legs
79 Curacao Casual: Rich vibrant imagery from photographer Ron
Contarsy. Shot in the charismatic locale that is Curacao.
89 Coffee Shop: Some highlights from the weekly a regular feature
in Ocean Splash! where Editor Chie Davis interviews personali-
ties and celebrities. A sampling of interview extracts with Meiling,
Freddie Leiba and Susha Patel.
90 Weekend Getaway: This fashion editorial was shot in pictur-
esque Barbados by Robert Manella.
Money & Investing: For Better or For Worse – Newlywed Finan-
cial Advice from Wells Fargo.
100 WINE & DINE
Khalid Mohammed latest and to date, greatest, culinary
stage brings top shelf cuisine to the heart of Port of
102 Recipe: Guava BBQ Diver Scallops.
104 Fashion. Turks and Caicos plays host to the captivating photog-
raphy of Julia Pogodina.
114 Ciao Bella
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FROM THE EDITOR
"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim content and talent of our contributors to engage the targeted audience
too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and and deliver an interesting and quality publication? Are we correct about
achieving our mark." our entry into Television and the format of our show? And what of
—Michelangelo, Artist our events; are our Fashion Showcase and Golf Invitational truly of an
international standard – worthy of the promotion and attendance of
Why ‘This is It!’? some of our clientele? Are we worthy of partnerships with companies
as highly regarded and brand aware as ESPN? Sandals? Half Moon?
Two very opposite meanings come to mind with those three words.
The pessimistic perspective suggesting the proverbial ‘ﬁnal nail in the We have come so far …
cofﬁn’ and the other, and the one I am more inclined to subscribe to,
the turning of a corner and harbinger of exciting things to come! and yet there is so far left to go!
In my mind, the choice of MJ for the cover offered us an opportunity It’s not an original sentiment and yet is truly summarizes the position
to align some of our ambitions with arguably the boldest move of his of Ocean Style as we reﬂect on our journey and embrace our future.
career. After all, while an icon based on his many years of success, he While the currency of many of the most successful businesses, capital,
had in recent times come to be regarded more for his ‘celebrity’ than to pounce on opportunity in the face of contraction, was not ours
his incredible talent. Yet here he was making the bold statement that we were not lacking for ideas, enthusiasm and perseverance. And I
‘This is It!’ would be his ﬁnal live tour. Whether we really believed am happy to say that while staying focused on our audience and our
that it would be his last or not, the fact is, and as attested to by the mission that the company we are today is a lot more focused with
movie of the same name which documented the preparation for this greater opportunities than ever before. The road ahead promises
seminal event, MJ was about to put his everything into this tour. Most nothing rosy but it does promise more than it did at this stage last year
critically, for MJ, as the movie showed, this tour was not about being and that is, all things being considered, remarkable.
a testament to his rich past; it was a celebration of his present and an
indication of his future. Here he was at 49 about to undertake what for Our intention, and I wish to make this clear, is not to brag or showoff
a young person was an incredibly grueling performance schedule and about ‘positive steps’ (as that is all they are) but to maybe raise our
he embraced the opportunity with seeming relish and the enthusiasm own bar a little bit by placing into the public domain some of what we
of someone who was ﬁnally going to allow his performance, his talent, wish to be. We hope against hope that our mix of enthusiasm for our
his vocation to re-deﬁne him. subject matter and our readers and our good fortune with any number
of talented and accomplished contributors and partners really does
And it is with ﬁrst the humbling disclaimer that our goals are fully allow us to signal that for our brand, our ambitions and our business
divorced from the lofty achievements of MJ; instead the lesson we take that after the perseverance, focus, ‘never say die’ and some of our
is that sometimes you need to take a bold step not just for those on modest successes that this really does represent a time when we will
the outside looking on (whether in support or opposition of what you not be cowed by the challenges or retreat in the face of the obstacles
stand for and what you’re trying to do) but also because it can serve but instead we will remain ﬁrm in the pursuit of our goals and focus on
both as a wakeup call and a source of tremendous motivation. delivering the results that show we are ready for a bright and successful
future. We will continue to push forward, seeking to capture the
In a more speciﬁc reference to our publication, we embrace the ‘This is elements that distinguish Ocean Style as the foremost authority on the
It!’ slogan as a sign that we are coming into our own as a publication good life in the Caribbean. As lofty as our ambitions may be we are
and media entity. We have in the pages of this issue comprehensively also sufﬁciently grounded to know that it is only through the valued
covered the Caribbean a manner that reﬂects our mission and for critique of our audience that we will be judged.
that I feel a great deal of excitement. In this issue from journalists to
photographers, resorts to services, the expansion of our editorial has In other words, in this moment,
been greatly facilitated by the number of entities who have gravitated This is It!
to the publication and our readership. My task, and one for which I
am grateful, is to continue to shepherd our editorial in a manner that
resonates with a readership that knows and enjoys a Caribbean that is
at once relaxed and sophisticated, modern yet traditional. We strive to
continue to bring that perspective to our readers based in the US, UK,
Toronto and throughout the Caribbean.
The last twelve months have been quite a roller-coaster. The ﬁnancial
challenges posed to our business in the midst of the dramatic falloff in
the economy, took us instantly to survival mode. While circumstances
dictated that we scale back many of our plans, they also presented
us with other opportunities that we seized, even as they represented
We feel that this issue and where Ocean Style as a brand and company
presently sit that it is time to look forward and boldly embrace that
ambitious future. Are we prepared? Are we right about the mix of
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
As a collector of Obama images and imagery, I must commend you on your cover’s de-
sign. Your cover really stood out on the newsstand – that is how I managed to pick up
an issue as I am not a regular reader. Your cover: President Barack Obama without a tie
for me symbolizes the need for all of us even the President to take off the tie and roll up
our sleeves and get to the real work of rebuilding America, managed to capture what
the Obama Presidency means to those who voted for him: hope for the future but not
without hard work.
–Elizabeth, New York
Sun, Sea, Sand and Thanks for the sneak peek...Now I
Slavery? just perused it; so that’s just my ‘at
a glance feedback’...but overall A+
Thank you Ocean Style Magazine for the as usual.
piece by Deston Nokes on Curacao’s Muse- Loving the cover; it’s so vibrant
um Kura Hulanda. I have visited the ABC is- and alive...
lands several times over the past decade and I think Richard Thompson should
somehow overlooked this institution. In fact have gotten his own space in the
many of my native friends were unaware of Beijing top ten.
its existence and of their country’s role in the
I liked the Grecian dress on pg 52 :-)
triangle trade. I really enjoy features such as
these that educate readers about the history The Preston Bailey feature was
of the region especially as it relates to the informative and makes you realize
To punish slaves, they would be locked history of slavery and the continuing impor-
how simple it is to do stuff like that
in this metal chair and put out in the at home.
sun. The heat would be intense.
tance of the Caribbean to the economy of
the US rather than just pr omoting the image The Port Antonio shoot was
lovely… very surreal.
of the tropical paradise. The history of the Caribbean is more blood, sweat
and tears than sun, sea and sand. Thank you OSM for presenting more than Wish the trip to Sandals was for
the usual clichéd images of the Caribbean Diaspora. solo people so I could enter lol!!
Liked the mating rituals article: try-
ing to ﬁgure out if I am the devilish
dolphin or the beautiful butterﬂy.
Ocean Style Online: beyond the pages Liked the slavery article; that was
nice and DIFFERENT from the run
of the magazine - The ultimate paperless of the mill...
online reading experience. Super Eco The Sumfest et al article was a good
friendly too! I need to read that Kiss and Run
“turn”, online and back issues too! book...
Genius! From what I have seen your
publication is the only one that
offers this feature – Vogue, Bazaar,
Elle please take note. In this age
where we need to watch our paper
consumption and where media
houses have to reexamine how to
keep up in this increasingly online
wireless paperless world, you have
succeeded in making the transition
– I love reading magazines but I
I love reading magazines but hate scrolling through articles on
lately I’ve been feeling very guilty the web. Your site offers the best
because of the amount of paper of both worlds. I also enjoy your
they use even when I recycle them. weekly newsletter. Keep up the
My latest obsession – your website! good work!
That you have put the actual
magazine with pages that I can –Stacey, Barbados
PATRICIA JULIA K Y- A N N
MESCHINO POGODINA P HILLI P- ROWE
Patricia Meschino has been writing about In 2005 Julia Pogodina moved from Mos- From the age of 10, Ky-Ann Phillip-Rowe
Caribbean music and culture for almost cow to New York to pursue her dream. Af- knew she was destined for a career in ﬁ-
20 years. She is a contributor to Billboard ter 7 years of being a corporate lawyer she nance. Growing up with business-oriented
Magazine, the music editor of Air Jamaica’s quit her ofﬁce job and became a freelance parents there was ample opportunity to
Sky Writings magazine and a former staff fashion/beauty photographer. Her pictures expand and challenge her budding ﬁnancial
writer at Bobmarley.com. She has free- stand out for their vibrant tones, accurate acumen.
lanced for various media houses including compositions, dreamy locations, and the
The Associated Press, Vibe, The Source, The edgy elegance combined with strong sen- With her early career taking her to Deutsche
Miami New Times, Jamrock Magazine and suality that she manages to capture with Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley on Wall
the UK’s Red Bulletin. each model. Street, she presently enjoys life as a ﬁnan-
cial advisor with the Wellins Dubler Group
Pogodina played with a sense of balance
of Wells Fargo Advisors in Coral Springs,
and geometrics in this issue of Ocean Style
FL. There she focuses on helping individu-
when photographing Jamaican model, Lisa
als and businesses develop sound ﬁnancial
Jackson (former America’s Next Top Model
and investment strategies in line with their
contestant), for Lines Solitaire – a fashion
needs, goals and risk tolerance.
Her spare minutes are absorbed with her
family, charities and her passion for domi-
Home: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Originally from the South Caribbean, this
Trinidad and Tobago native has come
to call Montego Bay, Jamaica home for
the past 15 years where she lives with
her husband, Aroon and their two kids.
When she isn’t caring for her two year
old twin sons, Anand and Ameer, the
40 year old businesswoman spends
her time helping her husband and his
brother run their Casa De Oro chain of
duty free stores and seeks to grow her
newest venture Movers and Shakers
with friend and business partner, Stacey
Movers and Shakers is a boutique artist
management agency that offers its
clients consulting and branding services
in addition to the usual management
services. They presently work with a
number of top reggae artists including
Beenie Man, Cecile and Spice.
At Casa de Oro the business day is
anchored amongst the luxury of brands
such as Cartier, Tiffany, Roberto Coin
and Vacheron Constantin to name but
a few. But regardless of the new trinkets
these high end jewelers offer each year
her favorite remains the Cartier watch
her husband gave her four years after
they started dating.
Balancing the demands of the fast-
paced music industry and those of a
dynamic retail company (on top of
two young kids) would test the most
seasoned of businesspeople, yet Raquel
somehow manages to juggle the load
with her signature elegance and charm,
and an infectious smile.
UP NEXT: This modern day entrepreneur
strives to excel in both her business
ventures while seeking the best for her
family. When she isn’t working, relaxation
in Jamaica takes place at The Caves in
Negril, though she regularly ventures
with Aroon to Trinidad for the annual
What are Raquel tips for living a
‘fabulous life’? “Live, laugh, love and
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FASHION + STYLE
...with Anna Ruth Henriques, an advocate of beautiful things…an artisan, nature
lover, and spiritualist. Fashion Expert Brigitte Segura interviews Anna in New York.
Brigitte Segura (OS): Anna, tell me how you got started… how
did we end up here?
Anna Henriques (AH): I started drawing and painting in Jamaica.
Even before high school, that was my main form of expression. It
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT MANELLA
accidentally evolved into jewelry.
OS: How do you mean ‘accidentally’?
AH: A friend of mine, wanted to branch out into jewelry and
talked me into taking a wax carving class to keep her company. I
wasn’t interested in fashion or jewelry at the time.
OS: So you took the class with her...and then?
AH: Yes, we took the class, but she dropped out, and I stayed.
That class in New York triggered everything; one thing led to
another. The whole process gave me a lot of satisfaction, so I
started to integrate my artwork into jewelry and amulets.
OS: So it’s a fashionable good luck charm that just happens to
be trendy. Bugs are big at the moment, so are leaves. I see you
also have leaves.
AH: (Smiling…) Growing up, I drove my two sisters’ crazy
collecting insects. In fact, I have a fantastic collection, a cabinet
full of insects from New York; some dragonﬂies, cicadas. You
should come to my apartment and have a look.
OS: Your pieces are versatile to wear and beautiful. They aren’t
frivolous, but they are precious and also have a message. Do
your pieces come with a written story?
AH: “Raindrops keep falling” is the name of this piece. Some
people see the rain as a hindrance or an annoyance, but rain
feeds the Earth. It’s a cleanser, and symbolic of abundance. In a
hard moment, this could teach you something. This piece has
a dragonﬂy… dragonﬂies are believed to be the bridge between
heaven and earth; they carry the soul of the person to the next
life. The way they touch down and the way they move, these
insects are magical. The message starts with the sales person,
whether it’s at Barneys, or the owner at a small boutique; she
passes along the message.
OS: Do you think a Barneys fashionista
will get the message?
AH: For the person who holds it, it
takes on a different signiﬁcance as
she lives with the piece. If you take a
closer look at the artwork within the
the price range for these lovely
You have pieces?
to feel AH: An amulet can cost about
$6,500 retail. There’s a lot of 18K
as if you gold, and the stone is almost 200
‘cannot carats. People may think its glass,
but it’s rock crystal that has been
live hand-carved; and rock crystal
without magniﬁes, so this amulet would
amplify bringing good things
doing what into your life.
you do,’ OS: How long have you been
then you at Barneys? Where else can we
ﬁnd your things?
AH: I am exclusive at Barneys
for you. and some small boutiques, where
there is no Barneys in the same
city. You can ﬁnd my things in the Caribbean,
in Puerto Rico at Reinholds and in Jamaica at
Jewels and Time. I would like to expand into
more exclusive boutiques, maybe even some in
jewelry, you will see everything
Europe. Most importantly, boutiques in places
has a double meaning. The
where the owner has an appreciation for art,
people that collect my work see the
precious materials and craftsmanship and can
thread of connection, they look below the surface.
share with her customer.
OS: How long before you were in Barneys? How
OS: What would be your advice to someone
did you end up there?
that is interested in starting jewelry design?
AH: Oh I was making jewelry and selling it
AH: Take a class. If you can’t afford an art class or
for about 2 years or so, and I wanted
a fancy art school, take it at the local ‘Y’… that’s
to expand. I started thinking of
where I took my ﬁrst class. Also, apprentice; work
the Barney’s clientele, and put
for ‘experience only’ get familiar with the process
together a look book with
and see if you like it. The truth of it is, it’s a lot of
drawings and photos in it
work… spreadsheets until midnight, I do all of my
and dropped it off at their
own photography, I photo shop, I order materials,
and I create. It’s not easy; there are simpler
OS: And that was it? ways to make a living. You have to feel as if you
‘cannot live without doing what you do,’ then you
AH: Yes, I got a call back know it’s for you. If I didn’t paint and write and
within 45 minutes of make jewelry, I would drive everyone around me
dropping off the book; the crazy, including myself.
rest is history.
OS: Wow! That’s rather For Inquiries please visit
unusual, Barneys is very selective. What is www.annaruthenriques.com
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My Beauty Secrets
ocialite Soraya Ho Sing Loy
reveals to Ocean Style Beauty
Editor, Isabelle Tin-Aung, her best
kept beauty secrets, from replenishing
thirsty skin to helpful beauty travel tips.
A devotee to meditation she credits
the Buddhist philosophy for helping
her maintain a sense of balance in her
OS: What is your daily beauty regimen?
SHSL: I start my day with a Buddhist chant which
eliminates any stress lines. I follow up with washing
my face with Ren's (clean bio active) jojoba micro bead
purifying facial scrub. Then in an old fashioned manner
I use Noxzema cleaning pads to ensure any wannabe
pimples are short lived!
OS: Are you a big fan of make up during the day?
SHSL: It's 'barely there'… for me during the day. Creme
de la Mer moisturizing cream and lip gloss by Beneﬁt.
OS: What are your sun care secrets?
SHSL: Being in Barbados for the last 16 years, I live at
the beach and always use Sunblock - Hawaiian Tropic's
Baby Faces SPF 50.
OS: Biggest inﬂuence on your beauty regimen?
Whose look do you admire?
SHSL: I admit to having a beautiful mother who
despite her busy schedule always used Estee Lauder’s
skin range. At 65 years old, her skin radiates as though
she was 40!
OS: You're stranded on an island. What's your one
beauty must have?
SHSL: Lipstick! Dior Celebrity Red, deﬁnitely. Hopefully
as I pout under water I am able to lure curious ﬁsh
for my dinner plus it could double up as a marker as I
OS: You travel a lot. What are some of your beauty
SHSL: I never wear makeup on long haul ﬂights. You
sometimes end up looking like a raccoon when you
arrive at your destination. I wear my Holistic Silk eye
mask during the ﬂight and dab on Dior Red Lipstick on
arrival, giving me the conﬁdence to charm even the
BEAUTY SECRETS: Soraya Ho Sing-Loy haughtiest immigration ofﬁcer.
Home: St. James, Barbados OS: What is in your make-up bag that would
Photo: Calvin French surprise people?
SHSL: A toothbrush and paste. A truly beautiful woman
is nothing without a smile and minty fresh breath!
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ACTION PLAN 2010
My Money and
get a training
dance… regularly. Seriously, I will
1. I will go to the gym/do yoga/Pilates/spin/run/pole
buddy so we can nag each other into else to do with my
g social; I will just ﬁnd something
2. I will quit smo king socially but I won’t quit bein
hands and mouth. get tested regularly.
I will get my lady bits checked and
3. I will always practice safe sex and Caribbean vacation ; Two Words: Girl
4. I will not wait for that ‘special someone’ to go on a fabulous
it card is NOT proper ﬁnancial man
5. I will get my ﬁna nces in proper order. Freezing my cred
them in on time and not apply for
6. I will get help ﬁling my taxes and send on. It is time for me to
home, and getting that tax deducti
7. I will explore the feasibility of buying my own
stop paying off my landlord’s mor 40-70% off sale! I will ask
it is a bargain, at a sample sale or a
8. I will not buy a “designer” item just because drobe and when I shop I will buy the
this (if I could)? I will shop my war
myself, “Would I pay full price for , Conways).
means Target or, perish the thought
best quality I can afford (even if that ey and stick to
ch a couple times a week to save mon
9. I will have a proper breakfast at home and pack my lun
le change that will result in
will go to a nutritionist for a food-sty
my diet. Actually no, I will not diet, I
seemingly magical and effortless as Padma/Katie Lee Joel/Sandra/
inner Iron Chef; so I can look as good
10. I will learn to cook and channel my throw chez moi .
at all those BYOB dinner parties I will
Rachel whi le showing off my culinary skills desk ,
et, my wardrobe/dresser/vanity, my
11. I will reduce, reuse and recycle….my junk draw, my hall clos
pile of assorted mail,
, my fridge (mystery meat??!!), the
the chai r under that pile of clothes in my room
by the sofa.
magazines, catalogues on the ﬂoor
ming an organ donor.
12. I will seriously think about beco ls, and the ones on
ns that send me the cute mailing labe
13. I will send $$ contribute to those nice organizatio
e amazing resorts and those poor
that I want to go on vacation to thos
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animals that Sarah Mclachlan help not married, don’t have kids, or pets
14. I will get my @#$% toge ther and make a will although I am
king, to half (or even a
myself for not doing/getting or stic
Most importantly, I will not berate Small Stuff because
day to start afresh! Don’t Sweat the
qua rter) of this list. Everyday is new can Change Your
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Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
ined until after
ith the celebrations barely being restra
Christmas Day, the “Carnival Season” in Trinidad and Tobago is
that culminate in
marked by 2-3 months of frenetic partying
moves to the streets.
Carnival Monday and Tuesday when the party
Here is some of the glitzy, glamour and celeb
PHOTOS BY PIXXERA.
TT Carnival David George
Mike St. John,
Spice - Band
Tribe - JW and Blaze Leader
Beenie Man & Dwayne Bravo
or the Indian
is, well, perfect.
By Brenda Fine
Can a day at the spa get any better, or sexier, than this? Our “Unite Me:
he sun is directly overhead, baking the sands and ﬂashing Crystal Ritual” couples massage leaves us lulled and relaxed, our skin
prisms on the turquoise sea. But we’re cooled by breezes and renewed and glowing from massages with local coconut oils. All this lavish
sheltered under a leafy canopy of banyan trees. It’s another pampering PLUS a rare front-row view of a tropical reef.
of our languid lunches on the beach and although the table is
dressed in crisp white linen, and the waiters are elegant in their You may be thinking that this outrageously sybaritic spa just has to be at
earth-toned uniforms, we’re barefoot and casual, with only Rafﬂes Canouan Island in the Grenadines. Or maybe the Ritz Carlton in
t-shirts covering our swimsuits. An attentive waiter lifts the Grand Cayman, Laluna in Grenada? No to all of the above. The world’s ﬁrst
chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the wine bucket and underwater spa, Lime, is just one more incredible amenity of this intensely
reﬁlls our crystal glasses. And, as our just-caught tuna begins private haven in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi.
to sizzle on the outdoor grill, we catch ourselves grinning
like school kids at recess as we raise a toast to the good life. Huvafen Fushi is an uncommonly luxurious resort that occupies its own
private atoll in the Maldives. And while it’s only a 30-minute speedboat ride
Sounds like a great day on Macaroni Beach in Mustique, right? No. Then, from Male International Airport, it is light-years removed from our everyday
maybe one of those posh beach picnics at Little Dix in the BVI? Perhaps, it’s lives.
a personal chef-catered fete at Altamer Villa in Anguilla? Of course it could
be any one of those. Or any of dozens of other romantic Caribbean beach The magic began at the airport where we were met by a young “Thakuru,”
resorts. But it’s not. This idyllic beach scene is taking place half a world away (which is Maldivian for butler) from the resort. After ushering us onto the
from the Caribbean, on a private island in the Maldives. waiting boat he then effortlessly sorted out the luggage. Several drinks
and cold towels later, we had arrived at the resort’s dock and were being
The setting shifts to a thatch-roofed structure perched on stilts out over welcomed by an attentive staff that settled us into golf carts for the ride
a placid lagoon. We enter into its cool darkness and immediately descend to our “bungalow.” (It should be noted here that calling these lavish villas
a staircase, down, down thirteen feet below the lagoon’s surface. We’ve “bungalows” is roughly the same as referring to a Jaguar XKR as a “beach
entered a rare and exotic world --- Lime Spa --- the world’s ﬁrst under- buggy”).
the-sea spa. Our couples’ treatment room is walled with glass observation
windows, giving us a ﬁsh’s eye-view of an authentic live coral reef. As we Huvafen Fushi has a total of 43 of these “bungalows,” ranging in size and
stare in fascination, a school of blue striped snapper ﬂashes by in perfect WOW-factor from the merely fabulous to the frankly ‘out of this world’.
formation. Most are set on stilts out over the water, some facing outward to the Indian
Ocean, others facing the atoll’s peaceful inner lagoon. And those few Republic of Maldives which, we learned, consists of 19 atolls made up of
accommodations not perched directly over the water are tucked away into 1,192 islets (only 250 of which are inhabited). Some travel guru accurately
the island’s tropical forest, connected by a short and very private path to described a visit to the Maldives as “long-haul luxury.” There’s no quarrel
the beach. with the luxury part, and certainly not with the length of the trip, either. It
truly was a long haul from home (New York City) to these sandy shores.
OK, there’s plenty of sun and sand and sea and lots of pampering. But you’re
probably wondering why anyone would travel halfway around the world for So here we are, after having logged many hours in transit, relaxing in the
this when there are so many fabulous options right here in the Caribbean. glow of unabashed luxury at one of the world’s premier resorts. What does it
Good question. And one to which there are plenty of good answers. For one take to catapult a resort into the ratings stratosphere? Basically, everything.
thing: “Because it’s there,” (Mallory’s famous reply when asked why anyone Start with a setting that’s straight out of a beach-lover’s fantasy. You’re
would climb Mt. Everest) springs to mind. People who are hooked on great on a pancake-ﬂat, sandy atoll, which means there’s a beach edging water
beaches just naturally tend to want to sample as many as possible; to collect everywhere you look - the inner lagoon, shimmering and shifting in shades
them like so many exotic shells and experience the best the world has to of turquoise, and the vast Indian Ocean stretching out in endless blues from
offer. We started our own personal world-class every place on the island. The connection to
“collection” with the incomparable beaches of the sea you experience here is so profound as
the Caribbean, and are now branching out to The connection to the sea you to inspire awe. And, of course, the weather is
those further aﬁeld. as dependable as the mangoes served at Celcuis
experience here is so profound every morning at breakfast: always the same,
So far aﬁeld, in fact, that we’re out in the Indian always just right.
Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka, somewhere in the as to inspire awe.
Given the sheer drama of Mother Nature out
here, it makes perfect sense that the resort has
been designed to soothe with creature comforts.
One major element of this would be privacy.
The over-water bungalows are constructed to
maximize privacy by distancing each over-water
hideaway from the others. And those hidden in
the jungle are, well, they’re hidden in the jungle.
The interiors of our home-away-from-home
represent another comfort factor. Here it’s all
about balancing luxury and technology. While
the decor is deceptively simple, minimal yet
elegant, the focus is on luxurious fabrics and
natural materials. Interestingly, each bungalow
is also tricked out with the very latest in high-
tech electronics and gadgets. In other words,
while you’re snuggled in those silky Frette sheets
in your outrageously oversized bed, reach out
and grab that remote from the bedside table.
Click once, and your own personalized choice of
music plays through the Bose surround-sound
in the bungalow. Click again, and the blackout
shades rise soundlessly to reveal brilliant sunlight
splashing down on your private deck with its
canopied daybed, cushy chaises around the
plunge pool. And beyond all that, endless miles
of aquamarine sea; and that’s just the view from your bed.
While so many high-end beach resorts interpret comfort to mean an
abundance of such ‘citiﬁed’ elements as marble bathrooms, oversized shower
heads, oversized ﬂat screen TVs, and so on. At Huvafen Fushi, comfort takes
its rightful place within an island context (comfort, as in bare feet). Let’s face
it, there’s a lot of sand on an island and who wants to teeter around in the
sand in Manolos? But dress up for dinner, by all means. This is the perfect
place for showing off your most gorgeous designer resort wear, but at the
same time, be comfortable, after all, sand was meant for bare feet.
Shoeless considerations aside, there are dozens of impressively high-end
elements that make up this resort. For one, there’s Vinum, a $750,000 wine-
inventory cellar, cool and dark and inviting, down below ground level. It’s
impressive Round Table also happens to be the setting for one of the most
amazingly instructional and uproariously entertaining wine tasting dinners
I’ve ever attended. (Chateau Petrus, anyone?)
Huvafen Fushi’s restaurants are designed to showcase not just the stellar
cuisine, but also the naturally sensual setting. It’s hard to overstate the
appeal of dining at Salt, enjoying expertly prepared fresh-caught seafood
while seated on the outdoor deck that’s cantilevered out over the water,
waves splashing lightly beneath, the moon and about ten zillion stars
overhead, candles ﬂickering on tables, wine chilling in nearby buckets, soft
breezes cooling bare shoulders. One of my life’s greatest thrills is to be
True beach lovers will relate to the all-important fact that there’s nothing underwater, hovering above a tangle
pretentious here. The underlying premise of Huvafen Fushi seems to be:
enjoy the very best that civilization can provide – but enjoy it in comfort. If
of colorful corals, watching to see tiny
this means no shoes, bravo! If this means checking into your bungalow and critters reveal themselves.
not leaving for the entire stay, that’s all good too. If it means scuba diving
every day, several times a day, that’s more than OK.
very close range. I’ve seen manta rays before – but usually from a distance
And that is something which brings me to a personal story about diving
as they soar past like prehistoric birds. But these guys kept coming back and
at Huvafen Fushi. For years, I’ve been scuba diving off many islands in the
back, ﬂying and dipping like stealth bombers, sometimes skimming the top
Caribbean. Some, like Bonaire, Caymans Islands and Dominica, are blessed
of my head as they zoomed past.
with more exciting walls and reefs and underwater sites than others. But
there’s no such thing as a boring dive; at least not to me. One of my life’s
Back on the boat, Laurent shared the secret. This spot is a cleaning station;
greatest thrills is to be underwater, hovering above a tangle of colorful
a place where the giant rays know they can always ﬁnd little worker ﬁsh,
corals, watching to see tiny critters reveal themselves; or to watch masses of
eager to “clean” them by nibbling away the annoying
parasites from their wings and bodies. And so the rays
are delighted to keep coming back for more. Laurent
also told me that he estimated the wingspan of the
largest of the rays to be more than 14 feet.
Perhaps, after all, the most comfortable element of
all comes from the people of Huvafen Fushi. With a
guest-to-staff ratio of ﬁve to one, you have ﬁve people
focusing all their efforts towards making sure you’re
enjoying every minute to its fullest. From Laurent to
the attentive wait staff in every restaurant, to Aishath,
our incomparable Thakuru who literally awaited our
call, any hour of the day or night, to the legion of
“unseens” who keep the resort running smoothly.
My husband Burt celebrated his birthday while we
were there. Following his festive birthday dinner we
returned home to ﬁnd the entire suite shimmering
with candlelight. Someone had placed dozens, no
rainbow-colored ﬁsh ﬂick past in tight formation. Or witness a solitary shark hundreds, of votive candles everywhere. And there, on our huge king-size
patrolling a space far out where the water darkens into that marine blue of bed, was a Maldivian work of art: two entwined hearts created by a deftly
the deep. It’s all part of the thrill. folded and pleated top sheet, which was then liberally illustrated with ﬂower
petals and palm fronds. The next day I made sure to seek out the artist. Turns
So naturally I couldn’t wait to dive in the Maldives, which is renowned for out it was Faisal, our regular “housekeeper,” one of the background staff,
its wealth of underwater wonders. The resort’s dive boat is comfortable and someone we had never even seen before. He modestly accepted our praise
expertly equipped, captained by Laurent, the extraordinary Swiss-born Dive and thanks, and then shyly agreed to let us watch as he demonstrated his
Manager, and his crew of three. craft by re-creating his design.
Laurent hadn’t given me much in the way of a pre-dive plan, other than to All just part of a day in paradise, and Huvafen Fushi really IS paradise; the
smile mysteriously and tell me he knew I’d love this site. It was fairly shallow, kind of paradise where, just as in the Caribbean, one single phrase can
only about 40 feet down, and strewn with large boulders, but otherwise represent the spirit of true hospitality. Whatever your whim: “Massala eh
seemed quite unremarkable. That is, until the cast of characters blew in. neiy!” (That means “No problem!” in Dhivehi, the language of the magical
There were six or seven of them; large, no gigantic, manta rays, soaring in at Maldives).
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BODY & SOUL
Play- Pla: A leisure activity that is undertaken purely for enjoyment or muse, and has no other objective.
Therapy -ther- -pe: Treatment of mind, body and soul by some rehabilitating or curative process.
THE HEALING POTENTIAL OF ADULTS AT PLAY Take a canoe on the Cabbage Haul Creek. Look out for the water birds
Play, joy, and spontaneity are deeply rooted in all of our hearts and souls. and manatees in the Sapodilla Lagoon, bird watch or take a scenic hike to
Infants driven by primal curiosity, playfully explore the universe around spectacular waterfalls or a day trip to Xunantunich Mayan ruin. The resort
them which in turn helps to shape their inner core and psyche. Adults are no will see to all of the details of your chosen excursions.
different at all. For us, play continues to be an important vehicle in which Hydrotherapy: Explore the nearby coast with hobie cats and sea kayaks
to enrich us. Intimacy. Inner peace. Mind/body integration. Play results in available at the resort. Snorkeling and scuba diving excursions with certiﬁed
all of those many things as it truly is the quintessential holistic experience. divemasters can also be arranged. If you’d rather keep it simple, just throw
Endorphins are released, as play gently coaxes us into a state of well-being on a bathing suit and take a leisurely swim.
and calm; silliness and joy. Play becomes a natural and gentle world in which
Sensory Integration: Submit if you will to the sights, fragrances and sounds
our inner selves can safely be explored.
about you, as you feel your senses heighten, ready to inhale every last drop
When we are laughing, singing, dancing, moving or simply enjoying life, we of Kanatik’s wonder in grand elegance and lush tropical splendor. Take in the
tend to take fuller breaths. So inhale… exhale…then get out there and play! powdered sugar lined beach front stretching for miles. Poke a toe into the
aquamarine bath warm sea, itself as vivid as a masterpiece painting.
It’s A Jungle Out There and a Paradise Too…
Taste: Local ﬂavors combine with a splash of Italian heritage in perfect
Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort, Belize fusion, resulting in mouth watering Creole-Mediterranean cuisine. The
Kanantik actually means “to take care” in the native language of Maya culinary team at Kanantik brings together a medley of local ﬂavors with a
Mopan. Taking impeccable care of you is in fact, just what this resort does; dash of Italian heritage from the resort’s owner.
and from head to toe. Located in the Southern region of Belize in Central Movement: The Garifuna people of Belize, celebrate a diverse and rich
America, this all inclusive and eco-sensitive spot is lazily sprawled out on an culture that is a blend of African traditions of music, dance and religious
endless expanse of private beach, encompassing over 300 acres of unspoiled ceremonies. Guests of Kanantik can enjoy traditional Garifuna songs and
forest. Some 25 fully appointed cabanas adorned with palapas, beautiful dance styles as a local Garifuna dance group performs at the resort weekly.
handmade furnishings, luxurious rain showers and large decks all come
Sound: Unusual and distinct birds and wildlife join together to provide a
together in providing the ultimate space and luxury, while at the same time
symphony of amazing clarity and resonance. Just sit still and listen.
tempering its spoils with nature’s gifts offered by the setting. Built on the
seas, yet with the jungle as the backdrop, this secluded haven truly offers Aroma Therapy: Every bloom and lush foliage brings a new waft of tropical
the best of both worlds. perfume and natural incense. Close your eyes and take it in. No peeking…
Final Therapeutic Musings: You can learn more about a man in an hour of
play, than in a year of conversation. – Plato
OLLY, OLLY OXEN FREE BY KAREN HOLLY BERLINER
Me Tarzan, You Jane - Couples Therapy
Kanantik is dreamily secluded and is a Belize hideaway that is clean, beautiful,
and most of all...romantic. Why not grab a billowy hammock and take a lazy
nap with your partner? Kick off your ﬂip ﬂops and walk the expanse of the
seashore hand in hand. Lie side by side in the late evening and count the
shimmering stars as they wink playfully back at you. Reconnect.
Group Therapy: Kanatik is located 18 miles south of Dangriga Town,
the cultural center of the Garifuna people, and four miles south of the
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the large and national park dedicated
to the preservation of the jaguar.
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A Delightful Union of World-
Class Event and Destination
combine at the Rolex Regatta
in St. Thomas.
BY DOUGLAS GORDON
anding at the Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas is reminiscent
of landing at Crown Point in Tobago. There is an uncompli-
cated, familiar feeling about the airport; less international
point of entry and more gateway to a warm welcome to your
country home – albeit via air and not auto.
As one of three islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands - a chain under US
governance - St. Thomas offers many of the conveniences of living
in the United States within a Caribbean landscape. While elements
of US consumerism abound (from the Ofﬁce Depot to the AT&T store)
most striking were the excellent roads, overall cleanliness and pristine
state of the Government buildings. And while they do brag (a little)
about their ‘laid-back’ attitudes I found the punctuality to be a lot
more American than Caribbean (perhaps something they can work
on for the future).
The International Rolex Regatta offered the envi- Even in these I can only describe the racing as both intense and
able opportunity to explore a world-class sailing good-natured. It was captivating to see the transi-
event up close and the opportunity to visit the U.S. challenging tion as the sailors went from enjoying their ‘rum
Virgin Islands which to that point I was yet to ex- and reggae’ at the party at Yacht Haven Grande
perience. I’ve always considered sailing to be one economic times it on Saturday night to the screaming and hollering
of those sports that could only be appreciated as was good to see which takes place on the boats as they ‘pitch and
a participant – after all you’re on a moving ‘track’ tackle’ (the colourful language belying the inten-
and without the assurance of a motor the possibil- that there remain sity) jockeying for position, gauging the wind and
ity does exist (even in theory) that without Mother the surf to round the various buoys on the course.
Nature’s active blessing you have the potential for
those who can, and
not much more than a slow drift on the high seas. do, indulge in the But get the variables correct and victory is sweet.
With beautiful Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Mas-
Hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club the annual beneﬁts that their ter II watches awaiting the winners of the IRC, CSA
regatta has existed for over 30 years, with Rolex Spinnaker Racing, CSA Spinnaker Racing/Cruising
a proud partner from the very beginning. Under
success allows. and the IC 24 classes there was a lot more than
the stewardship of race director John Sweeney, the pride at stake for the victors.
ﬁfty plus boats and crew seemed equally passionate
about the exploits across the beautiful Caribbean We stumbled across Top Gun owned by Trinidadian
waters and the intrigues of the Caribbean trade sailor (and otherwise Scotia banker) Lawrence Aqui
winds as partaking of the many pre- and post- race who now calls St. Thomas home with his beautiful
parties that accompany the Friday – Sunday race wife Lisa.
St. Thomas offers an enviable mix of natural Ca-
The Regatta takes place over three days with mul- ribbean beauty and ﬁrst-world amenities. As we
tiple races over various courses. Boats are classiﬁed passed the police station in the capital of Charlotte
according to a handicapping system with the CSA Amalie I was impressed by the ﬂeet of new SUV’s
designation representing a Caribbean standard and parked and ready for duty. Simple as it was it un-
the IRC an international standard. With six classes derscores the critical difference in being a ‘part of’
of competition and various races taking place con- a ﬁrst-world nation like the United States while
currently from staggered starts as well over differ- maintaining the unique beauty and charm that
ent courses, following the action is a challenge in comes with being located within our Caribbean wa-
of itself (and gauging from the feedback over the ters. Of course with a population of a mere 50,000
radio is a challenge that not all the boats navigate and over a million cruise ship and half a million air
successfully). It was fascinating to watch the tac- tourists a year one would expect that St. Thomas
tics up close as boats challenged each other with would be able to take care of its population.
varied lines to take advantage of currents, wind di-
rection, speed and sail selections adding an intrigu- And with its hilly terrain, St. Thomas seems to enjoy
ing dimension. more than its fair share of breathtaking vistas along
with enchanting white sand beaches surrounded by
The races were scored in six classes, one for IRC, turquoise waters. The last time I saw this ratio of
three for CSA (Spinnaker Racing, Spinnaker Racing/ white sand to turquoise water I was at Fowl Cay in
Cruising and Non-Spinnaker Racing) and one each the Bahamas. The most magniﬁcent beach I saw on
for One-Design IC 24s and Beach Cats. the island was Magen’s Bay; situated between two